Anticoagulation in Pregnant Patients with Mechanical Heart Valves. Clinical Considerations.

Molly J. Stout, Anthony O. Odibo

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Abstract

Pregnancy management with mechanical heart valves is best done collaboratively with experienced cardiologists and maternal fetal medicine specialists. All anticoagulation options are associated with risks and benefits. Pregnancy is one situation in which the benefit of warfarin use may outweigh the risks. In light of the absence of definitive research to suggest a superior regimen, the risks, benefits, and limitations of each strategy should be discussed with the patient and specific attention given to her individual clinical situation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-365
Number of pages9
JournalClinics in Laboratory Medicine
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2013

Keywords

  • Anticoagulation
  • Mechanical heart valves
  • Pregnancy
  • Warfarin

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